Lucille's Calcutta Blog

continuation of Wed 1/12

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Well here I am again, finally. Internet is on and off and we have had very busy and long days so it's hard to get use of a computer. Plus I caught a very bad cold which settled in my chest. I lost my voice and it's finally come back today. I sent Wed without finishing so here goes.

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Wednesday, Jan 12 update

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This Guest House is a very nice place to stay. our rooms are like dorm rooms. Two twin beds, no TV or telephone. Breakfast is some style of egg, toast, banana and tea, NO COFFEE!! However, thanks to Starbucks for those little instant packs that a few members of the team brought along. We share the food items that we brought along from home.

Tengra is a section of Kolkata. It used to be all leather factories. The government made the companies close down due to the poisonous chemicals used in the processing of leather. I believe they moved the factories and their toxins elsewhere. I arrived today and as usual Stanley came in around 9:30 and so did Krishna. We did a Bible Study (wonder if I can get my boss to lead us in Bible study before we start work. Just kidding Karen.) and then I worked with Krishna and Mrs. Saha. Krishna finished his feather and fan cloth. I have a picture. He was really happy to see what he had produced. He has already started helping out with the new people who join in, it's really great to see this. Three ladies, Tula, Juma & Poorhima, from the rag picker section came in also. Anita, another teacher returned also. I try to speak a little Bengali. When I tell them to do a whole row in knit, I heard others say pooro so I would say "knit pooro" and they would start to giggle and say "Mame said pooro". I'm not sure how to pronounce it correctly and they won;t tell me because they enjoy giggling at me - especially Tula. Tula is very quick

   

Tues Jan 11, 2011 update

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Well, here goes again. I typed for an hour last night and just as I went to approve and save we lost the Internet connection. That happens quite frequently. Tuesday was the first day off to Tengra on my own. My driver arrived to pick me up around 8:30am. I am so fascinated by all the activity on the road. Everything here is so run down. Buildings are rusted and trash is everywhere. Amongst all this rubble springs forth a sign "The Bold Look of Kohler" and right next to that a Ford Dealership with brand new cars in the display window. What a contrast to the old rickshaws and bicycles intermingled with the traffic.

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Sunday and Monday Update

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We went to a Hindi Worship Service on Sunday. Two of our team members took part in the service. Sara sang and Brenda preached. We were eached honored with a bouquet of flowers. It was very touching. As soon as that service was over, they wisked us over to the English service. There are two buildings which contain about 7 churches, different nationalities/languages. The minister's wife inviited us to lunch with the medical mission team ;that was there from Iowa. It's been interesting to meet all these people from all over the USA and one from Canada.

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First Day in Kolkata

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Brenda Flower my travel companion and I arrived in Delhi last night at 9:30pm. We had a great flight and the 15 hour flight wasn't so bad since I was able to sleep through a lot of it. James and Shannon the AG missionaries came to pick us up at the airport and we stayed at the AG guest house. Didn't see much of Delhi except for cows walking along the streets intermingled with the traffic and then the thick fog in the morning. When we arrived in Kolkata at 11:40 this morning, Janelle, the local missionary came to pick us up at the airport. The ride to the Baptist Mission Society Guest House (BMS) was an eye opening experience..

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